Gas City enemy No. 1

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

If there were a vote to decide who's the most hated man in Medicine Hat, there would be only one name on the ballot.

Ryan White.

You think Tigers captain Kris Russell got a rough ride from the Saddledome faithful?

You haven't seen anything.

White is booed -- loudly -- every time the Calgary Hitmen centre handles the puck at The Arena.

If he talks to the ref, the catcalls begin.

The guy is probably being razzed about how he drinks from a water bottle.

"I'm not too well-liked there," White understated. "But that comes with the territory."

Tigers fans aren't likely to let up on White tonight when the teams hook up for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final (7 p.m., Shaw TV, The Fan 960).

"I'm sure it's going to be a loud one (tonight)," said White, whose club will attempt to force a Game 6 back at the 'Dome tomorrow night (7 p.m.).

"But I'm just going to play my game, work hard and hopefully get a win.

"It's not pleasant to play in there no matter who you are."

If there is one franchise in the WHL in desperate need of a new rink, it's the Tigers, who will sell out 4,006-seat Arena for the 188th time tonight.

If you're not at the rink two hours before the opening faceoff, you can forget about getting a parking spot.

It's the hottest ticket in town and people will beg, borrow and steal to get in the door.

One father dropped off his teenage son, who was working Game 2 as a volunteer. A Tigers official told the dad to come pick up his kid after the game.

"He gets to watch the game?" the dad asked. "Can I volunteer too?"

That's the type of frenzied atmosphere the Hitmen are up against tonight. And they'll need to win two games in the intimidating rink.

The last time the Hitmen faced a win-or-go-home game was in Game 7 of the opening round in Cranbrook.

Centre Ian Duval scored the overtime winner as Calgary upset the heavily favoured Kootenay Ice.

"It's tough being behind these guys because they're a good team," Duval said. "We have to put everything on the table and (get) a win.

"The pressure's not on us. It's on them to finish the series off. Four wins takes the series and they've only got three so we have to keep clawing our way back in it.

"But we need a better effort than we had in (Game 4). We were pretty lackadaisical and we weren't moving our feet."

White, who has been held to one assist, agreed.


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